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I'm still a little confused as how to "properly" clean your genitals. What is the "smegma"? By non scented soap do you mean just the regular bar soap? My mother doesn't like to buy anti bacterial soap because the bacteria gain a resistance, is it the same kind of idea? Someone in another forum said to "scrub"; but with what, your fingers or something else?

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It seems that the general idea is to wash your genitals gently with warm water, and a mild soap. Some suggest not using soap at all; it's really a matter of personal preference.

If you want to use soap, look for the kinds that say "unscented" or "fragrance-free" on the label. I personally just use some cheap pure glycerin soap.

Smegma for women is the buildup of thick, whitish fluid under the hood of the clitoris. It can cause pain and discomfort, but is easily removed by soaking in warm water and practicing good genital hygiene. [Smile]

And lastly, I'm very doubtful of "scrubbing". Really, all you need to do is gently rub with your fingertips.

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I've found that any sort of cleanser will make my vulva smell funky and open me up for the yeasties, but as Miss Lauren proves, plenty of women are just fine with a mild soap.

What works best for me is masturbating to loosen up all the oily secretions and dead cells and then rinsing, but just a little quick, gentle rubbing can get most of it loosened up when I'm short on time.

I think the person talking about scrubbing was either being euphemistic (i.e., talking about masturbation) or didn't realize that most of us tend to think of "scrub" as a fairly vigorous activity. As already mentioned, gently rubbing with your fingers is plenty.

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